Ayecarumba
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January 27th, 2011 at 12:46:35 PM permalink
Without looking it up of course, "What country currently has the oldest operating casino in the world?" For bonus points, what year did it open?
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January 27th, 2011 at 12:57:01 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

Without looking it up of course, "What country currently has the oldest operating casino in the world?" For bonus points, what year did it open?



Id have a guess at Monaco, and say around 1890.
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January 27th, 2011 at 1:45:26 PM permalink
Hmmm. Good question. I'm going to guess somewhere in the ancient Arab world. I think there are still casinos in Lebanon so I'm going to go with that. It would not surprise me to see the answer as Jordon or Egypt, but Lebanon feels better.
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January 27th, 2011 at 1:48:50 PM permalink
I'll try a real stab in the dark: San Marino?
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January 27th, 2011 at 1:57:48 PM permalink
I'll say Italy.
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January 27th, 2011 at 2:21:26 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

Without looking it up of course, "What country currently has the oldest operating casino in the world?" For bonus points, what year did it open?



My asumption is "oldest operating" means continuous operation. For that you need an anchient society. So I will say China and make a SWAG on the year guessing 1799.
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January 27th, 2011 at 5:49:40 PM permalink
Quote: Croupier

Id have a guess at Monaco, and say around 1890.



A good guess. According to Casino B Blog the Casino de Monte Carlo was established in 1856. However, it is not the oldest.
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January 27th, 2011 at 5:54:57 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Hmmm. Good question. I'm going to guess somewhere in the ancient Arab world. I think there are still casinos in Lebanon so I'm going to go with that. It would not surprise me to see the answer as Jordon or Egypt, but Lebanon feels better.



A surprising answer. I suppose it is possible that there is someplace "off the grid" that may actually be "ancient", but joints in the Middle East were not on the list I found.

Is it that they are banned by orthodox muslims? Or perhaps the lists I counsulted have a bias? This may be a good topic for another thread.
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January 27th, 2011 at 6:03:28 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

I'll try a real stab in the dark: San Marino?



As Europes oldest republic, a good guess, but according to www.gamingguide.net, there are currently no licensed casinos operating in San Marino.
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January 27th, 2011 at 6:07:29 PM permalink
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As Europes oldest republic, a good guess, but according to www.gamingguide.net, there are currently no licensed casinos operating in San Marino.



My guess was based on the origin of the word "casino." It's Italian for "small house." I figured San marino might have some, and they do speak Italian there. Too bad.
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